“Test all things; hold fast to what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. This verse explains the name and spirit of this blog. The idea is that truth is of the utmost importance, and every idea or philosophy must be tested for truth and goodness before we accept it. Once we have found what is good, we are to hold on to it dearly. In other words, hopeful skepticism is a vital thing to practice. This blog is a tool for obeying that verse.
I started this blog as an outlet. It’s a public notebook for my writing. A notebook, so that I will be motivated to study -to test all things- and it’s public, so that I can receive constructive feedback. I invite any criticism and discussion, I just ask that it be done in a spirit of kindness and respect. Respectful disagreement is a wonderful thing that can edify all involved. If anyone else is blessed by reading this, then all the better. So test all things with me and leave a comment!
See the first post for a brief description of the blog.
About the Author: David Baumgaertel is lifelong student of the Bible, and an amateur student of many other things, but the one professional area is engineering. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, and is currently employed as an engineer. He is married to a beautiful wife and lives in the great pacific Northwest.
A Note to Readers: Most of this site is written to Christians, but not all of it. Many posts will be exegetical studies of Bible passages. These will be written assuming a Christian worldview – one in which the Bible is true. So, just keep that in mind if you’re a non-Christian reading those articles. Other posts (especially posts about philosophical or scientific topics) will often be directed towards anyone. Including this one!